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Traumatic Brain Injuries

I recently came across an interesting Traumatic Brain Injury Fact Sheet on the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control section of the Center for Disease Control website.  The Fact Sheet sets out the staggering number brain injuries in the United States every year and the cost of those injuries.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

The CDC estimates that 1.4 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries every year.  Of that total, the majority (1.1 million) are treated at emergency departments and released.  Many of those individuals require substantial medical treatment and rehabilitation for years after their injury.  About 235,000 of those individuals are hospitalized for their brain injuries and over 50,000 die from head injuries.

The costs for those injuries are substantial.  One study estimates that medical costs and related costs, like lost work productivity, totaled $60 billion in 2004.  Those numbers increase every year as medical costs rise.  These are cold, hard numbers and do not account for the lives of the brain injury victims that have been interrupted and changed forever, or the toll that it takes on the families of brain injury survivors. 

The traumatic brain injury lawyers at my law firm understand how the life a brain injury victim is changed and we have expertise in not only proving the extent of a brain injury in a lawsuit, but in explaining the effect that it has on a victim's life.  With the help of the family members of the brain injury survivor, we are able to not only prove the extent of the physical injury but also the psychological aspects of the brain injury.  This experience and our proven techniques help us achieve substantial settlements and verdicts for our brain injured clients.

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